David Kjaer – 13th February

Tuesday evening saw a return visit of David Kjaer to the club. David is a keen nature photographer and brought along his superb images mostly taken in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
David has made many visits to Scotland over a good number of years and in some rather challenging weather. The secret of photographing the Black Grouse at the Lek is to get in favour with the local game keeper who may then allow you to put up a hide. However, he doesn’t recommend then hiring your hide out to all and sundry as it drives the birds away because of the disturbance.
The variety and quality of David’s images were superb, and his many anecdotes added a touch of humour to the evening. Even his images scanned from slides were of a very acceptable quality suggesting the original slides were even better. He’s certainly thankful for the economy of digital images now as he could use many a roll of film on a single day.
All in all an informative and entertaining evening.

Images: Geoff Sims
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS

Print Day 2018

There was considerable activity in the park on Saturday, as more than 50 people attended the ‘Print Day’ – a euphemism for a photographic battle between six Camera Clubs from across Wiltshire and Somerset.
For this annual event where each club enters 10 prints in the hope of winning the Interclub Shield. This year Salisbury won the day, with 180 points. Congratulations.
Warminster’s fifth place belies what a close battle it was, with the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th places being separated by only one point between one club and the next, but two of our members did especially well; Peter Clarke gained 20 points for ‘Puffin Landing’ and Anjalika Baier 19 points for ‘Getting Stuck In’.
Malcolm MacNaughton travelled from Dorchester to judge the competition. As is usual for this event Malcolm had been invited to give a short presentation of his own images. He showed some of his own black and white prints; he uses a large (5×4) film camera and develops and prints his own images. He showed some images from three different projects, including Wells Cathedral and Rannoch Moor/Glencoe, the latter inspiring several members of the audience to plan to visit (or revisit) the area.
In the main event there was strong competition between the clubs, with prints scoring the maximum 20 points created by Pete Evans and David Evans from Calne, Loveday Powell from Frome Wessex, Robert Harvey and Gill Cardy from Devizes, Mark Cooper from Salisbury, Jill Toman from Norton Radstock and our own Peter Clarke.
The Best Print prize was won by Alan Denison of Frome Wessex for his image entitled ‘Couru’ – very well done.
The winning club was Salisbury (180 points), 2nd Frome Wessex (179), 3rd Calne (174), 4th Devizes (173), 5th Warminster (172), and last but not least, Norton Radstock (171); a closer finish than last year. Thanks to all the clubs who competed and who attended.
Marny Thompson, Chair of Warminster Camera Club said ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs who put considerable effort into competing in our annual Print Day. Malcolm’s comments regarding prints are indeed food for thought’.
Marny also thanked the team effort from Warminster Club members who worked together to host the event, including putting up stands, putting out chairs, baking everything from quiche to cakes, serving refreshments, and tidying everything away at the end.
We my not have won the competition but consider it was a successful event.

Images: Paul Duckworth
Report: Marny Thompson LRPS


The Pixelated Ladies Went To Padstow

Tuesday night it was the turn of “The Pixelated Ladies” to present the images taken on their trip to Padstow last May. Carole, Marny and Mil had taken a trip to Suffolk for a few days in 2016 to concentrate on photography and had so enjoyed it they went to Padstow together in 2017.
Mil started the evening off with a short audio-visual of “the ladies” in Suffolk followed by the Padstow edition. Both featured candid photographs of each other on their personal mission to find the prize-winning shot. Then Mil reviewed the things she thought she’d learnt from the first trip to see if they’d had any impact on the second, and she felt that, on the whole, they had.
It was then on to a selection of images in chronological order picking out the various places the trio had been, although many of the images were of small details in the landscape rather than the whole landscape itself. The weather had not been kind with one whole day and two half days lost to rain, but despite this quite a few images had been taken, and Mil showed one or two “before” and “after” where she had used a little Photoshop to make something a little more dramatic out of moody weather. Finally she shared what she’d learnt from the Padstow trip and, apart from booking decent weather, the main thing seemed to be that her tripod would do more good under her camera than in the boot of her car.
After Mil, Carole showed a selection of her images and talked about the places and scenes she’d really enjoyed.  Before they’d even got to Padstow she had been very attracted to a pony and very young foal at the coffee stop on Dartmoor, but in the bright midday light she said it was hard to keep the detail in the animal’s fur.
The light on the water in Padstow harbour on the day they arrived was super and Carole had photographed the boats and their reflections aplenty. Everybody was jealous of the starburst effect she’d achieved in the late evening shot and it was explained that it’s an effect that occurs with a small aperture.
Carole seemed to have captured acceptable images every day despite the weather and the quality we’ve come to expect from her was much in evidence. Her series of “manic” dogs chasing balls on the beach were very well captured but also made us smile with some of the doggy expressions on display. Waiting for the incoming sea to give exactly the right depth to produce wonderful reflections of the sky in the sand had certainly paid off.
After the interval Marny gave her take on the trip, confirming that the weather had been quite restrictive, so she resorted to pinching a few images off the internet to show the types of shops the three had taken refuge in. Clothes seemed a dominant theme and it’s understood that Seasalt in Padstow experienced record sales that month (well it’s not impossible).
Marny also showed maps to put the locations in context and pointed out that Mike’s tin mine sunset, in our second competition of the year, was geographically impossible as she’d found the same tin mine and it didn’t face west! All credit to Mike for a careful edit.
Although there was bound to be an overlap in the photographs the three companions had taken it was interesting to see how each had put their own viewpoint and style into their images.

Images: Geoff Sims & The PLs
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS

Competition No 3

Competition 3, which took place this week, was on the set subject of “Movement” and was judged by Ian Drake. Set subjects can be quite challenging but also bring about a variety of images as each member can put their own interpretation on it.
After a slight hiccup with the new projector linking to the laptop we got going with the DPIs and we could all appreciate the images now projecting in their true colours. Ian could see the link to the set subject in pretty much all of the 38 images but three particularly caught his attention and were awarded 20 points; Play Time by Anjalika Baier was a minimalist high key image of three running figures and their shadows, Over In A Flash was an amazing image of mating Kingfishers taken by Mike Williams, and Sea View – Some Underpinning Required by Carole Zimmerman was a decaying wooden building that had moved from it’s original position which gave some fascinating shapes. Carole did well with 19 points for her Surfing Down Under and 18 for Monet In The Lake, while Debra Williams took the only other 18 points with her image Evening Stroll. The common feature of these top scorers was the quality of the image.
After the break Ian shared his thoughts on the 16 competition prints. There was a noticeably narrower spread of marks and Ian remarked that it was his hope that competitions didn’t become solely DPIs as there is a quality to a print that can’t be reproduced in a DPI.
Anjalika again took the top score with Into The Light, a wonderful ethereal abstract while Peter took the only 19 score of the prints with his image Migration which depicted a herd of Wildebeests about to cross a river. Mil Chimley was more than happy with all three of her images getting a creditable 18 score, and Brian Adams’ Trail Lights also achieving 18 points.
Ian was objective with his assessments and gave some very useful advice on improvements that could be made to many of the images. Marny thanked Ian on behalf of the members, and it’s to be hoped Ian will judge for us again.
Marny also acknowledged the matched funding grant we’d received from the Fudge Trust which has made it possible for the club to purchase a much-needed new projector. The improvement in the projection of the digital images was very obvious and meant we saw them as the author had intended.

Images: Geoff Sims & Authors of the Top Scoring Images
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS